China Blocks Twitter Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary
Flickr, Hotmail, Bing get shut down
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 2, 2009 9:29 AM CDT
Protesters march to the government office in Hong Kong Sunday, May 31, 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy student movement in Beijing.    (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – As Thursday's 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approaches, China has blocked access to Twitter, Flickr, and Hotmail, among other sites, TechCrunch reports. “The lead-up to any date like this is usually a time when the Firewall is tightened,” notes Mike Butcher, who was told by a contact in Beijing that “my only surprise in this matter is that it took ‘em so long."